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Strand lines- my top 9 beach combing finds

Strand lines- my top 9 beach combing finds

Stroll along any beach and you will find a collection of debris left by the furthest reach of the tide. Pushed there by the action of the water and deposited as the tide recedes, detached seaweeds, dead marine animals, drift wood and litter make up the strandline. Browsing through this flotsam washed up on the shore provides rich pickings for the curious naturalist. Here are my top 9 strandline finds of UK shores...

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The art of being an underwater photographer in Pembrokeshire

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The art of being an underwater photographer in Pembrokeshire

Underwater, ocean, nature photography is a tricky art to master, especially the way I have chosen to pursue it- in natural light on a single breath in the chilly waters of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Yet it brings together a skill set that I have honed over many years and feels right and natural and like it’s meant to be. During my school years I swam competitively which set me up for life as a strong swimmer and pointed me on the path of marine biology and scuba diving. Learning to surf in my early twenties drew me in to the delightful...

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Cold water swimming shoot

Cold water swimming shoot

A few weeks ago I had an idea for some images that involved a swimmer (no wetsuit) in an underwater vista, possibly over kelp glowing in the midday sun. Whilst shooting some promotional images for my friend Hannah (see "Recent commissions" on my Commissions page) I learned that she was in the habit of cold water swimming/dipping. She was up for my idea and we waited for the right combination  of midday sunshine, low tide, clear water and mutual days off. It all came together on Monday this week and the results were stunning. Because the light and contrast were different...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

I've waited all winter for moments like these. It's felt like such a blessing to swim out in to the clear, sunlit water and practise what I've been dreaming of for several long months. This winter was particularly cold and the sea eternally murky and uninviting so I was forced to practise the art of patience.  It also gave me time to  hone my photography skills and stoke my enthusiasm in readiness for when summer arrived. Now that the water has warmed a little and has cleared due to a long period of calm seas I'm taking every opportunity to...

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